Another basketball week is upon us, and with both the NCAA and NBA action in full steam, there is plenty of stiff competition that is worthy of your viewing pleasures, starting with this week’s “Game of the Week” and moving into several noteworthy “Honourable Mentions.”
GAME OF THE WEEK:
Tuesday, March 12, 12:30 a.m. GMT
NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder at St. Antonio Spurs on ESPN
This game is about Old versus New, wisdom versus raw talent, Tim Duncan versus Kevin Durant. What more could we want? This will be the third time this season these two powerhouses go head to head, with the home teams winning the previous two. Both of these two teams are currently running away with their divisions, and there is only a one-win difference between the two of them with San Antonio on top.
Friday, March 15, 11:00 p.m. GMT
NBA, Los Angeles Lakers at Indiana Pacers on ESPN
The Pacers have been one of this year’s pleasant surprises, playing through the departure of the organisation’s president, Larry Bird, after last season, and playing without star shooter Danny Granger’s injury for most of the season. The Pacers still sit comfortably atop the NBA’s Central Division. The Lakers, on the other hand, represent one of the NBA’s biggest disappointments this season. With a roster full of star power, they have so failed to gel that one coach lost his job early on, showing just how desperate Los Angeles is to win now. But led by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have won seven of nine, and you can’t really count them out until the math eliminates them.
Tuesday-Saturday, March 12-16
NCAA, Big East Tournament on ESPN America
The Big East Tournament, housed at New York’s Madison Square Garden, has become must-see television in recent years. Who could forget Louisville winning four games in four days a year ago? Or Connecticut’s successful run through the tournament, propelling them to a national championship in 2011? Georgetown is this year’s top seed, but if recent years are any indicator, anyone in about the top eight could make a run.
Friday-Saturday, March 15-16
NCAA ACC Tournament on ESPN America
Duke or North Carolina? Or could it be Miami, this year’s surprise regular season winner? Or maybe North Carolina State? Tune in and find out!